My son start pre-k in this school last Summer, we both love it, the experience has being great, he had learn so much he's so happy and his teacher is just the best I could ask for, I really like this school and my son does too
Never encountered this amount of incompetence at an ISD! They call it "promoting from within", but what it really is is cronyism pure and simple. They have principles with a bachelors degree, uncertified school counselors, and don't give me started on their school Board administration! They use the assistants for every thing, but our pay is nothing! Most of the kids are Hispanic but most of the administration are white women that walk around like they're better than us or that they know more than what we do! The assistance are the best thing about the schools. Don't send your kids here if you want them to learn any structure. all this school is good for is micromanagement and underpaid staff!!
Here comes the honest to God truth: if this school is to truly practice what it preaches, it needs to root out nepotism at all levels of its organization, and the CEO needs to take a drastic pay cut. The school's enrollment is completely disproportionate to the 12th highest paid superintendent in the state of Texas. Numbers do not lie. This school could do amazing things, but it will never achieve its destiny as long it runs itself like a Wall Street company instead of a school that truly cares about its teachers, students, and parents. And why is the school so focused on expansion when it cannot provide the adequate support to those who matter most. As Yertle the Turtle would say, "I know up on top you are seeing great sights, but down at the bottom, we too should have rights!!!"
If you have a below average student then this is an excellent place for your child. If they are above average, do not put them in this school. Every teacher there truly loves kids and wants to help them. Because parents have to call through the front office in order to reach a teacher, we often do not get the messages and find out days later that a parent requested a phone call or a conference when the parent comes to the school in person and angry. When this happens, teachers are blamed not the people who never relayed the message.Most teachers work 70 hours a week. That is in the building hours not the time they spend at home. And they are required buy nearly all of their own materials and supplies. It is, however, a great place to learn as a new teacher because you will be thrown in and have to either sink or swim. You will learn every aspect of being a teacher in a short amount of time but it will require your entire attention and devotion and every minute of every day and night.
I worked at the elementary campus. While there are some amazing people working here who actually do care about the children, most of the administration does not believe in positive reinforcement, but constant criticism., of teachers and students. I had students get in trouble for no reason at all when in line in the hallways, simply because the principal had a preconceived notion that they were troublemakers. I was told to stop teaching strategies for the state test for no apparent reason (even though no strategy was given for me to teach the students with). Favoritism is prevalent, with best friends and family members of administrators getting promoted even though they are hardly qualified (1 1/2-2 years of experience in a classroom) for the job they are given. I could go on for pages on the questionable activity that takes place on the elementary campus, but I think I can sum up the extremely high turnover rate by theorizing that most teachers spend the school year feeling harassed. In such a negative environment no one can thrive; not the teachers and definitely not the students.
I too understand the frustration of constant staff changes. While the middle school vice principal was fantastic, it should not come as a surprise that she is gone. Yes she did everything. There are a lot of people that do fantastic things at this school and are still pushed out. If you are not family or close friends of the upper administration, your days are numbered from the beginning. There is even an elementary teacher that boast of that fact. She constantly says, "Well I'll put in a good word for you with (insert administration's name here) because we are best friends and go to graduate school together". Staff like this run the show and they are not ashamed to admit it. I am glad that I have not yet been a target of one of these staff members because they do have the power to run others off. The upper admin has shared confidential teacher walk-throughs with their friends that should not know it. This happened to me when that same elementary teacher came to me after a walk-through and said, "tough break about your walk-through. You usually get good ones." I had not told ANYONE about my walk-through.Hopefully TBP will get it's act together soon. The kids deserve it!
I am a teacher at the Middle School and while I love the kids, this organization needs to get its act together. I was told that the awesome Vice Principal that we had this past year was "let go". What?! Ms. Cole was the glue holding our school together. We had a lame duck principal and an upper administration who seemed to be happy with it as long as things were getting done. A few of us discovered that Ms. Cole litterally did everything. I walked into a classroom before school where she was fixing a ceiling fan that would not turn on. The teacher said they both had been trying to get the maintenance man our but the upper admin kept sending him to do higher priority tasks. So instead of letting the kids suffer another day, she did it herself. If you are a family member of the upper administration or you attend happy hour/social events with them, your job is safe. If not, you have an expiration date. One teacher was told of her job reassignment via text message during the school day. Another was fired on the last day of school while there were still kids in the building. They had to see her carry her stuff out.
I love this school!!!!! My son has been going here since pre k 4 and he's going to the 4th grade...alot of parents say they are to strict on the students ... i agree but at the same time they are getting them ready for the REAL world....you cant go to work looking any kind of way or without your uniform... the kids that go to the school are doing way better then the kids in DISD......sad that they are focused on the small stuff instead of there childs education
Reading all the negative reviews mainly from Teachers is very disappointing. I have never had any problems with the school administration here in the several years my children have attending Trinity Basin. I did have one concern this year but I brought it up to a teacher during a Parent conference meeting and seemed the issue was corrected. My children would come home and would let me know how teachers would talk down to the students. One time a teacher told my daughter's classmate to "Put her crap up in a ponytail", the science teacher asked a girl to put her hair up in a ponytail. For a teacher to tell a student "crap" was very uncalled for. Also, teachers would tell students to "Shut up" . Growing up teachers would never speak to students like that. I know students maybe be difficult at times, but if they want respect maybe they should give respect first?
This is not a school I would want my children attending. They are treated so poorly with unnecessary pressure put on them about little things that are not that important. The administration are a bunch of little dictators running around bullying anyone in their path and most have very little if any actual classroom experience themselves. I read the reviews here and thought it couldn't be that bad. But it really is! This is a horrible place to work, a teaching job shouldn't be as miserable as these people make it. If you are looking for a real teaching job where you can care about and help students learn, this is not the place for you. If you have half a brain and can think for yourself and question practices that are just not up to standard, this is not the place for you. Only if you enjoy working in a hostile environment with negative administrators and being micromanaged while being surrounded by nepotism then bingo, this is for you. Also if you notice, there are more negative reviews about this charter school than any other. Only positive remarks on here is by administration or teachers who are scared and bullied into writing something here to try to cover up. Don't let them
My two children attended this school for one year. I can honestly say I would not send my dog there. The school is ran like a prison. If a child has one hair out of place the parent is contacted to come and fix the "major emergency". There is so much favoritism you would not believe. The priniciple are quick to remind you that you chose this school if you have an issues. In other words shut up or take your kid out. The parents cannot setup a conference with the staff, you can only be invited in if there is a problem. They are partial to hispanic students so please beware. This school needs to be shut down!
Choosing a school for your child is one of the hardest and most important decisions you will ever make. I think the only way to make the best decision is to visit schools that you are interested in. Whether people like or don't like our school, one thing everyone can agree on is that we have an open door policy. Call any school for a tour, any time. See the amazing things going on in our classrooms for yourself. Feel free to call me at (214) 946-9100z
Teachers are great! But they don't stay long... They administration really susks and they don't treat their employees good at all. They will fire anyone with their own brain and ideas. Surprised they are still around!
The concept of the school is great. But, the administration is so far out of touch with the methods of the educational system. They continue to stand on a methodology that is currently closing many ISD schools throughout the country. This is why a teacher who proves that other methodologies work as seen with the previous state test scores, they will fire them and hire those who will follow their methods. This is why they are now NOT ACCEPTABLE. If you have a child, I would recommend any school who looks for ways to actually teach your child to make it in the world. They continue to lose the best teachers based on following a teaching method that does not work!
Worst experince with the administration. The teachers don't respond to request for phone calls or meetings. If you want your child's education to be first avoid this school at all cost!!!
Worst school ever!!!! The administration placed improper trauncy on a Kinder student. The courts did dismiss because the case was not filed properly but that was after I missed work twice, paid parking and wasted countless hours.
I think parents and teachers can understand charter issues better by reading "The Death and Life of the Great American School System. You can find a lot of free videos on the author on youtube. Just because you have the power to fire teachers at-will doesn't mean you are holding teachers to a high standard. Just because the education director can fire anyone at anytime he wants doesn't make him right. How can you talk about high standards when your administrators are not qualified to be an administrator in a public school? With the exception of one principal that has a certification from an on line program, if they were to apply at a real school district (like Mansfield) they would be turn down. There is a movement to stop funding charter schools with state money and after knowing what goes on in this "district" I am in full support of it. If you are a teacher I recommend highly that you do not work here. If you are a parent I recommend highly that you do not send your child here. If you are an employee here I recommend highly you find a new job ASAP.
This is a fantastic place to work if you entered into education to make a difference and a fantastic place to send your children if you want them to recieve a quality education in the city of Dallas. Teachers are held to a high standard because the mission of the school is to provide the best education to the students as possible. All of the previous comments about teachers getting fired and/or asked to not return are absolutely true. However, teachers in large ISD are observed maybe twice a year and, if for some reason they are not up to a standard, they are put on a growth plan for up to two years. Our teachers are held more accountable. Every desicion I've seen made in the years I have been with the school have all been in the best interest of the students. We all love and truly care.
It should be a huge red flag that so many teachers are unhappy. Clearly the positive reviews by teachers are in the minority... the overwhelming majority express concerns about administration that are felt by every single teacher with whom I've spoken. Majority rules.
You are always treated great the first year. You'll see. Then you will be saying the same things you've read here.
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